The Cougars came out fast on their own court and scored the first 13 points. Pressing the Wildcats all over the court the Cougars were awarded with many easy baskets.
“They simply beat us,” said Northview coach Dennis Shoemaker. “We made too many turnovers, too many mistakes and they are too good a team to that against. We will get better as the season goes on but tonight we just did not have it.”
The Wildcats did finally get on the board about half way through the first quarter when Stephan Vizina scored but it did not stop the Cougar onslaught. Led by their diminutive junior guard Tim Hausfeld, Southview scored in just about every imaginable way. By halftime, Hausfeld had scored 19 points, including several long-range 3-pointers, and his Cougar teammates had amassed a 46-13 advantage.
The third quarter, however, was not a good one for the Cougars. Northview went on a 17-6 run and cut into the Southview lead, 52-30. During this run, Southview coach Marc Jump called two timeouts in an effort to ignite his players but the first half fire never returned.
When asked about his team’s second half let-down, coach Jump said: “I don’t know what you do. We warned them about it. You can come in and yell and scream at them. They’re up 46-13. They’re not listening at that point. They needed to come out in the third quarter and get kicked in the teeth before they woke up.”
Despite their third quarter let-down the Cougars were able to regroup and coast home to an easy victory. The big lead allowed coach Jump to use his entire bench liberally but Jump is quick to warn that this is something that the Cougars will likely do all season.
“This is who we are,” Jump said. “Our kids go out and get them and it is hard to go more than three or four minutes that hard on defense. We need to get them in and out; get fresh legs and, you know, if you can score by scoring a bunch of guy, then you play a bunch of guys. If you can’t score then you try something else.”
Shoemaker was serene in defeat but proud of his team’s effort.
“They didn’t quit. We played with pride and came out and still played hard. As long as they continue to that we will be okay, “ said Shoemaker.
Three players reached double figures for the victorious Cougars. Tim Hausfeld tallied 21 with all but two points coming in the first half. Jordan Scott and Derrick Creque added 12 each.
For the Wildcats, Mike Schaffer led the way with 13.
The Cougars win pushes their record to 2-0 with both wins coming in league play while Northview falls to 2-2 and 1-1 in the league.